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The Stable Court

A Grade II* Listed Building in Llangattock, Powys

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.8684 / 51°52'6"N

Longitude: -3.1718 / 3°10'18"W

OS Eastings: 319414

OS Northings: 219522

OS Grid: SO194195

Mapcode National: GBR YZ.SFVS

Mapcode Global: VH6CG.Z91H

Entry Name: The Stable Court

Listing Date: 21 October 1998

Last Amended: 21 October 1998

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 20715

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Located in the centre of Glanusk Park, to the SW of the site of the former house, and NE of the Home Farm.

County: Powys

Community: Llangattock (Llangatwg)

Community: Llangattock

Locality: Glanusk Park

Traditional County: Brecknockshire

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History

Glanusk Park was created in 1825 by the ironmaster Sir Joseph Bailey (1783-1858), nephew of Richard Crawshay of Cyfarthfa Castle. The house, by Robert Lugar, was built between 1825 and 1830 and was in Tudor Gothic style characterised by octagonal ogee turrets and pinnacles. It was demolished in 1952-54 following extensive damage caused in World War II.

The Stable Court is part of the original design of Glanusk Park. In the late C19, about 20 horses together with carriages and carts were kept here. By 1910, there were only 4 horses and some of the stables had been converted to garages, a games court and fruit store. The square structure at the W end of the N range may be a later brew house, while the W half of the S range is probably a later addition. The clock was originally on the extenal gable of the gateway but has been moved to the internal one.

Exterior

Forming 3 sides of a square around a courtyard, the mews block consists of a long E range with central gabled gateway and N and S ranges. Two storeys, constructed of coursed sandstone under hipped slate roofs. Characterised by square hoodmoulds, multi-pane windows and a plinth band. The focus of the court is the tall gabled gateway, a square structure with turrets to the angles. These are square-section, but the tops become round, and are capped with flat coping stones and finials. Each face bears 2 blind arrow loops, 1 to each storey. The entrances are under dressed segmental arches. Above them are 2 string courses separated by a row of shields. In the centre of the outward-facing gable is a circular recess containing a stone tablet and bearing a shield. Above it is a blocked cruciform-shaped vent. The verges of the gable bear 2 decorative bands. The courtyard-facing elevation is similar, but the gable is occupied by the clock which is fixed to a square blue panel beneath a hoodmould.

The outward-facing wall of the E range has 4 blind arrow loops to each side of the gateway. Above these to the L are three C20 2-light casement windows, while to the R is a row of breather holes. The L and R interior sides flanking the gate tower are symmetrical and all the openings are under square hoodmoulds: a central door with multi-pane overlight is flanked by cross-windows, above which are small 2-light casement windows. The windows are multi-paned except for the top L one which is replaced with shutters. The door to the L is panelled and ribbed while there are stable doors to the R. The L roof pitch has a large skylight.

The courtyard elevation of the N wing has 4 panelled and ribbed doors, to the L, R and centre. The 4th door is immediately R of the L doorway and is the only one without a square hoodmould and overlight. The right hand two doors are flanked by multi-pane cross-frame windows. The upper storey has four 2-casement windows under hoodmoulds; the L window is original with small panes. The W end of the N range has a large centrally placed blocked window opening, with a smaller opening above with iron bars. Both have square hoodmoulds. Attached to the W end is a square single storey structure of snecked masonry under a hipped slate roof, with panelled and ribbed double doors to the front. It has a small lean-to to the rear.

The S range consists of former cart sheds or garages with accommodation over. The W half may be a later addition or rebuilt. There are 2 circular masonry stacks, one to the L (E) and another just L of centre. The ground floor is characterised by wide doorways under segmental arches with double panelled and ribbed doors, all painted blue. To the L are 6 continuous doorways. To the R are 4 further double doorways more widely spaced. Between these 2 elements is a panelled door with overlight. The upper storey has seven 2-casement windows with small panes. The 4 to the L are under square hoodmoulds. There are no openings to the W end. The rear has 2-casement windows as elsewhere, some with hoodmoulds; 2 ground floor windows are blocked and there are 2 later insertions.

Interior

Used as stables, accommodation and for storage. Inside the gateway, a stone staircase runs up the S side, with an iron handrail. In the wall below the stairs are 3 round headed openings with voussoirs, at different heights. The lower 2 are recesses, whilst the highest one has a door under a tympanum with steps leading down to a basement. The N side of the entrance has a similar doorway, with a second at the E end which is blocked, and a blocked square feature between the two. The stairs lead up to the 1st floor of the adjoining range which is currently empty but was formerly for accommodation. It has a king-post roof with narrow struts. A further flight of stairs leads to the clock tower. The S range contains accommodation in the upper storey, whilst the former cart sheds below are used for storage. Stables are located in parts of the N and E ranges. They contain wood panelled loose boxes with tiling to the rear faces and mangers in the corners.

Reasons for Listing

Graded II* as a particularly fine and well preserved early C19 stable courtyard.

Group value with associated listed buildings at Glanusk Park.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Garden Boundary Wall including gated entrance
    Situated in the centre of Glanusk Park. The gardens are located N of the site of the former house, just to the NE of the stable court, and slope down towards the River Usk.
  • II Frame Yard
    Situated in Glanusk Park, immediately E of the Kitchen Garden and W of the formal pleasure garden.
  • II Walled Kitchen Garden
    Situated in Glanusk Park, 0.15km NW of the Stable Court and W of the formal garden and frame yard.
  • II Garden Terrace Wall to N of the site of the house
    The gardens are located N of the site of Glanusk House and slope down sharply towards the River Usk. The terrace is formed by a walled revetment and includes the site of the former house; adjoins the
  • II Home Farm
    Located on the N side of the B4558 Llangattock to Llangynidr road, 250m W of West Lodge. An entrance next to the farm leads to the estate farm buildings.
  • II Threshing Barn with adjoining Hay Barn and Byre
    Located in a farmyard to the rear of the Home Farm at Glanusk Park. This range of barns forms the E side of the farmyard.
  • II Hay Barn to W side of farmyard
    Located in the farmyard to the rear (N) of the Home Farm at Glanusk Park. This barn forms part of the W side of the farmyard.
  • II Cart Shed
    Located in a group to the N of Home Farm at Glanusk Park. The cart shed occupies the E side of the yard, while the saw mills are on the S side, and the workshops and offices on the N side.

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